Clint Capela, Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson crack Sports Illustrated’s top 100 players for the 2017-18 season.
This summer, everyone has been talking about the Rockets new dynamic backcourt featuring James Harden and Chris Paul. The rest of Houston’s starting lineup, including Clint Capela, Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson, have been largely overshadowed. But Sports Illustrated is showing them some love.
Sports Illustrated recently released there annual top 100 player rankings. They used a combination of stats and subjective assessments to determine where a player ranks in the current NBA landscape.
As of the time of this writing, SI has released the rankings for No. 31 to No.100. The biggest surprise that I saw was Isaiah Thomas, who ranked at No. 40, with names like Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton finishing ahead of him. Health appears to hold a lot of weight in these rankings, which explains why Thomas failed to reach the top 30.
The rankings for Rockets players
Ryan Anderson, Houston’s sharpshooting power forward, placed No. 97 on the list. Anderson had a solid season last year, averaging 13.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Of course, he excels as a three-point shooter. The 29-year-old shot seven 3-pointers per game and made 40.3 percent of his attempts. Now with two superstars in Houston, Anderson should see even more open looks next season.
Trevor Ariza ranked at No. 62 on the list. Ariza is the poster child for reliability and consistency. Throughout his three-year stint in Houston, he’s averaged roughly the same numbers offensively. He’s the 3-and-D guy that has become so valuable in the modern day NBA. He guards the opposing teams’ best wing player every night and is very reliable as a spot up shooter. Oh, and he’s played in at least 80 games in every season since he’s been in Houston.
Clint Capela finished the highest among the Rockets non-stars, placing at No. 58. The Swiss native averaged 12.7 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game last season. The big man also shot a career high 64.3 percent from the field last season. Capela has improved as a rebounder, defender and screener in his first three seasons in the NBA.
At just 23 years old, Capela isn’t even close to the player that he can become in his prime years. With Chris Paul in town, Capela should have even more open looks than ever before, and we expect him to have a breakout season next year.